Zane Grey was born in Ohio in 1872 in the town his ancestor, Ebenezer Zane, founded. He is most famous for his novels set in pioneering America and can be credited for creating the Western genre. He had a lifelong passion for fishing, for writing and for women - a situation that his wife endured stoically. He was the author of over 90 books and became one of the first millionaire authors. In addition to his novels, he wrote articles on fishing and set up fishing resorts in New Zealand and Australia. He died in 1939.
John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specialising in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987.His next novel, The Firm, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and became the bestselling novel of 1991. Since then, he has written one novel a year, including The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Runaway Jury.Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of non-fiction, three sports novels, five kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Peter Grose is a former journalist, foreign correspondent, literary agent at Curtis Brown and publisher at Secker & Warburg. Until recently he was chairman of ACP UK. He now lives in France. www.petergrose.net
Austin Grossman is a video game design consultant and the author of SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE. He lives in Berkeley. You can visit his website at austingrossman.com or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Grossman.
Kelly Grovier was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles and at Oxford University, where he wrote his doctorate on the eighteenth-century philosopher and adventurer 'Walking' Stewart. He is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and The Observer. He is the co-founder of the scholarly journal European Romantic Review and a lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Michele Guinness is a well-known speaker and the bestselling author of The Guinness Spirit, Is God Good for Women?, Autumn Leave and, most recently, Archbishop. She worked for many years as a broadcast journalist, then in PR for the NHS, eventually heading up NHS communications for Cumbria and Lancashire. She is now retired with two children and three grandchildren, and divides her time between Kent and France with her husband, Canon Peter Guinness.